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Man Dies After Powerful Waves Sweep Him Into Water Off Redondo Beach

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A man was killed after strong waves swept him and three of his friends into the ocean in Redondo Beach on Wednesday night.

At around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday evening, Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol officers and Firefighters responded to screams for help, reportedly overheard by people in a parking lot near the breakwall. They found two men and two women clinging to the base of a breakwall upon arrival, struggling to hold on in a heavy surf, according to the Daily Breeze.

Large waves challenged rescuers to get to the victims quickly. While the rescuers were getting ready to enter the water, another wave struck the victims, knocking them all back into the sea.

Rescuers from the Harbor Patrol boat dove into the water and pulled the victims aboard, transferring them quickly to ambulances waiting on the nearby dock, according to KPCC. One man was pronounced dead immediately, the other man and two women were transported to Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. Redondo Beach officials noted they were in serious condition.

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Incidentally, the National Weather service issued a high surf advisory for Southern California on Wednesday, in effect through Thursday night. The advisory warns specifically of strong rip currents, and waves from 8 feet to 12 feet.

The strong seas are caused by a storm sitting off the coast of Northern California.